Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now days away from hitting the half a billion mark worldwide, and it got here in less than two weeks.
If there was any doubt last week that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be Warner’s next big franchise, well that’s now out the window. The film delivered a very impressive $132 million from 67 markets in its 2nd frame. A good chunk of that came from a $41.7 million start in China and a $15.5 million 5-day opening in Japan. So now Fantastic Beasts has $318.6 million and counting internationally. That number becomes roughly $485 million worldwide once we add the current US total. Any day now it will clear half a billion.
Now the Potter movies have always been incredibly popular around the world with the lowest grossing one being The Prisoner of Azkaban at $796.7 million ($547.1 million internationally), so of course a spin-off prequel would be huge too. How big are we talking? It’s hard to tell, but I’m guessing somewhere around $700-750 million worldwide. Either way it’s a great start for the new series and as long as they don’t drop the ball in the subsequent installments, Fantastic Beasts is here to stay (for at least four more movies).
Moana opened in 2nd with $16.3 million, most of that coming from China ($12.6 million). Thanks to its huge domestic debut this past weekend, Moana is already at $101.6 million worldwide. Tomorrow the animation hits France and after that it’s Russia, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, Brazil, South Korea and so on. As always Japan will be the last stop, March 10th 2017. By that point I expect Moana to have at least $500 million worldwide. Then Japan could push it over $600 million. Or maybe I’m way too low and this ends up with $700-800 million. Both scenarios are possible.
Doctor Strange made $9.8 million in 3rd, hitting a few milestones along the way. With $411.2 million internationally it’s now the 8th MCU film to gross more than $400 million outside the US. Also the studio’s first solo movie (that’s not a sequel) to get there. Worldwide Doctor Strange ($617.7 million) moved to 9th in the MCU, passing Iron Man ($585.2 million). By the end of the week it will also overtake Iron Man 2 ($623.9 million) and then at some point Thor: The Dark World ($644.6 million) to ultimately stop in 7th with $650-680 million.
Allied opened in a couple markets (23) with $9.4 million in 4th. Among those countries were France ($2.8 million), Spain ($1.3 million) and the UK ($1.6 million). So with that in mind $9.4 million is not great. Not for an $85 million film that also underperformed in the US. All in all Allied has $28.9 million worldwide and needs at least $200 million. I don’t think it will get there, hopefully I’m wrong.
Trolls rounds out the top 5 with $7.2 million. Now the new DreamWorks Animation toon has $156.4 million internationally and almost $300 million worldwide ($292.2 million to be more exact). Trolls is out almost everywhere, meaning at this point that number won’t get much bigger. Let’s say $320-330 million.